Commissioned as an illustration for a book on the fables of Ficino. The specific fable was about Ficino’s belief that power should never be given without Wisdom, or if given it would not hold sway for long.
Marsilio Ficino, a 15th century philosopher said that the soul exists partly in time and partly in eternity, and both sides need attention. We give plenty of attention to those aspects of ourselves that exist in time, but the soul needs to maintain a relationship with eternal issues as well as temporal ones. One of the primary purposes of the arts is to arrest us. A piece of music, a painting, can lift us off the treadmill of our functional daily lives and give us a glimpse of eternity.